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Energy Efficiency: An Ongoing Process

From hot water heaters, to lighting fixtures, even to the holding center and the restrooms...a team of energy experts are looking for ways Wood County can save money on the electricity it uses.

"We are finding opportunities exist relating to excessive lighting levels," says West Virginia University Professor Bhaskran Gopalakrishnan. "There could be an opportunity for using spot heating for hot water, instead of having a generalized hot water system."

It's part of a project by the West Virginia Department of Energy, which, eventually will visit all of the public buildings in the state. And although the newly-remodeled justice center may be one of the area's most energy-efficient buildings, a team member says this is an ongoing process.

"It does not happen on the spot, and a one-time action does not result in sustainability," Gopalakrishnan says. "It's a continuous improvement process, and we are aiming to give reports to the people in charge, so that they know how to achieve energy sustainability, as well as other aspects of sustainability over the course of time."

The group will be conducting the survey in major buildings through Tuesday.


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